Entering Week 4, all eyes are on Tom Brady making his long-awaited return to the New England Patriots. Brady’s father recently took to the airwaves ahead of the game but, according to the latest NFL rumors, Tom Brady does not share his father’s sentiment towards the team. In other news, Ronnie Stanley is still seeking out medical opinions for his ankle, while Davis Mills is going to see an increase in responsibility next week.
NFL Rumors: Tom Brady, Ronnie Stanley, Davis Mills
Prior to Week 3’s action, Tom Brady Sr. spent some time on Tom Curran’s Patriot Talk podcast. While on the airwaves, the father of the seven-time Super Bowl champion said that Bill Belichick “wanted [Brady] out the door” and that both he and his son felt vindicated after winning the Super Bowl during his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While his father implied that Brady Jr. feels the same way, the quarterback is doing his best to respectfully distance himself from those comments. Appearing on the Let’s Go podcast, Brady jokingly led off the podcast by saying he “actually prepared a statement that I wanted to say, and it’s really all that I have to say on the subject. Comments made by Thomas Edward Brady, a 77-year-old insurance company CEO, who should know better at this point in his life, don’t necessarily reflect the views or positions held by his son, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. So furthermore, should Tom Sr. continue to speak out on behalf of his son without the express written, Junior reserves the right to eventually pupt him in a home against his will. That’s all I have to say.”
Brady followed this up by saying that he has “the greatest dad in the world” that is “his biggest supporter”, and anyone that has children knows that hell hath no fury like a parent that believes their children were wronged. Regardless of Brady’s true feelings on his tenure with the Patriots, it’s safe to say you won’t hear any bulletin board material out of the former New England quarterback.
Tom Brady on his 'Let's Go!' podcast with Jim Gray: "One thing I learned from the Patriots, Belichick would say 'Listen, if you love football, then 8:30 on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium is the place to be.' So I'll be there … It's going to be a great night of football."
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 28, 2021
Ronnie Stanley Meeting With Doctors
Baltimore Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, and it sounds like he might be gone for a while. Speaking to reporters on Monday, head coach John Harbaugh said that Stanley is currently consulting with doctors regarding the severity of the ankle. Harbaugh added that the team should know about Stanley’s timeframe later in the week.
In Stanley’s absence, the team has turned to free agent signee Alejandro Villanueva. The longtime NFL veteran has filled in admirably, but it goes without saying that the team would prefer to have Stanley in their starting lineup. Baltimore’s next three games are against the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, and Los Angeles Chargers, and each team has a pretty solid front seven that could make life difficult for Lamar Jackson.
Davis Mills To Handle Larger Role in Week 4
Starting an NFL game as a rookie is never easy, but it’s especially difficult when you have four days to prepare for your NFL debut. Third-round pick Davis Mills did the best he could in place of an injured Tyrod Taylor, but the team was clearly trying to limit his responsibilities throughout the evening. However, now that he has a full 10 days to prepare, head coach David Culley said that the rookie will have more responsibilities in his second start.
Speaking on SportsTalk 790, Culley said that Mills is “going to have a lot more put on him” while adding that “he’ll be able to handle that. We’re just going to run our offense and let him handle it from there.”
Mills didn’t look that great in his first extended taste of NFL action, but he’s far from alone. Every single rookie quarterback has had a tough start out of the gate, and it’s too early to give up on any of them. These collective struggles by the rookies just go to emphasize the difficulty of the NFL, and that the Justin Herbert’s of the world are few and far between.
Nice set to get an easy open throw to Cooks for the TD. Davis Mills' first. pic.twitter.com/2Vbltttoya
— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) September 19, 2021
Houston faces off against a white-hot Buffalo Bills team in Week 4. Mills might look better this time around, but the Texans are still probably going to be on the losing end of this one.
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